Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University on 1977-05-08
SBD (Betty Board) > Master 7" Nagra reels 1/2 track @ 7.5ips > Sony PCM501. Playback on Sony PCM 701>DAT (Digital Transfer) -- Rob Eaton DBX Decoding (Spring '99) Playback on Panasonic 4100 DAT > DB 924 D/A > Dolby 361's w/dbx K9-22 Cards > DB 124 A/D > Neve Capricorn (Digital mixing console) > DB 300S > Panasonic 4100 DAT>DAT>Digi Coax Cable > Tascam CD-RW700 > CDR (x1) > SHN (Rob Eaton remaster)
Jerry Moore's MAC > Reel > CD Sony 153 master, w/ ECM 33P's, on Maxell UDXL-II's, Dolby B, copied via Teac AN-180 Dolby box onto Sony TC 755, Scotch Classic 10.5 inch reel, 7.5 ips, Dolby B - Transfer by Rob Berger (1/05), Sony TC 850>Teac AN-180>Sony SBM1 super bit mapper > Tascam CD-Rw4U > SHN
Steve Maizner > Sony ECM-990 > Sony TC-152 aud master > First Gen Reel > Played directly to hard drive > CDR > SHN
SHNs were decoded to wave and SF 6.0 was used to reassemble the tracks back to 1 long wave. CEP2.0 was used to align & synch the SBD & both AUD sources. CEP2.0 used to adjust the volume for the SBD & both AUDs. This is a 60% SBD, 20% AUD1, 20% AUD2 mix.
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I looked at the 4 pages of notes I had on this project and it made me sick to think about typing them up. So, although not complete, you will get a good idea of what was done to bring these recordings to this point.
ALLOT of editing was done to keep the flow btwn songs. Both AUD recordings suffered from btwn song pauses that not only cut the crowd cheer out but clipped the beginning of many songs. The 2 AUD source coverage allowed my to patch 1 with the other in some situations. A couple spots I created a fake AUD recording by mixing crowd cheer with the SBD. This was effective at creating patches for the rear channels in the 5.1 presentation but also maintained a smooth quality in the stereo matrix mix as well. These patches are numerous and I think completely smooth and most likely undetectable.
d1t01 The first 16.041 seconds of Minglewood blues was cut on the SBD. Starting this monster project with an unrecoverable flaw was unacceptable to me. I decided to patch that opening portion with a SBD and AUD recording from 5-7-77. As this patch ends you will hear some slight phasing as the stereo field moves. The result, although not perfect, I think provides the listener with a more enjoyable and natural listening experience. Maybe you disagree. For those of you who would rather have a patch using a matrix mix of the 2 AUD sources please feel free to do it yourself :^)
d1t07-08 The SBD is missing approx 34.361 from 42:47.001 - 43:16.362. This was patched using a matrix mix of the 2 AUD sources and then EQ'ed to best match the sound spectrum of the SBD. I also tried to match the volume on the SBD. A switch in sources is obvious to the listener but this is still pretty good. The switch back to SBD is actually
really good as there are no vocals at that point.
d2t02 A tiny right channel digital sizzle at 12:18.418. This was fixed using a quick channel swap. This is smooth and most likely undetectable.
If you play this DTS-Audio-CD and hear static it is b/c you didn't really read the text file, did you?
Subject: Like a rising sun
Subject: This Show Makes Me Happy...
But I was lucky enough to join the party in 89' 💃 I'll always be Grateful for that!
peace ☆ one love ☆ stay human,
The Rev. OG
Big Ups to Archive for making the mobile friendly 🎸 Love being able to stream from my phone to my sound system!
Keep Truckin' Archive!
Subject: Wish i was there
Thank you Archive.org fot your stewardship.
Subject: BEST BROWN EYED WOMEN I HAVE EVER HEARD!
Subject: Easy to Download
Subject: ok so Im a litte bit ignorant about this downloading
Subject: Just keep coming back to this one
Subject: no dp
Subject: Best Dead Show Ever
First of all, the Beatty Board recordings of this show are of phenomenal quality and were widely circulated during the pre-cd years. We are very fortunate, through technology, to have forums such as Archive.org where we can access excellent non-mainstream music with such ease. Back in 'the day' such efficient medians simply did not exist. That being said, this show became a gem to so many and inevitable lead to a tonal conditioning of there brain waves. Add to this that the show was also released as a Dix Pics. Therefore, this show was probably the most successfully circulated show out there. The spectacular sound quality and precise mixing levels allow folks to come as close to possible to hearing what it actually sounded like to be at a Dead show.
Another pro to this show is the set list selection which, though typical for 1977, has many of the favorite songs that most Deadheads love the best.
On top of this, the boys staged a legendary performance. The band played like a well oiled machine seeming to hit every progression, peak, low, transition, and climax perfectly. They each seem to channel clean an crisp sound through their instruments with authoritative ease. This undoubtedly speaks of their commitment to each other, the music, and the fans at this point in there career. I would further argue this is one of the most professionally perfect musical performances ever. Many people will argue otherwise stating that Fire was to mellow or that Keith overplayed in this song or underplayed in that song. However, bands like the Dead use a musical technique called tension and release to rock the energy of the crowd back and forth. (The same technique used in classical music.) The idea being that, without lower (more mellow points) in the show, there is no base for them to build to a climax. Phish is a band that learned to master this technique and it is one of the main reasons that loyal fans flocked to their shows in droves.
The next reason for this shows greatness is that is represents the PEAK of the Grateful Dead as a band. There is no point to argue the fact that every band, every musician, and more, every artist, reaches a peak in their career where their creative soul, skill, and craft are at their greatest. Once they reach this summit they can never attain such acumen again. It happened to Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Leanardo DaVinci, and any other great artist that lived long enough to reach that point. Phish reached this point in 1997 and acknowledges such as a major reason for their breakup (following the example of Led Zepplin). In trey’s own words, they didn’t want to become a “caricature of themselves’ up on the stage going through the motions. Can you name any great classic rock band that as good as they were in the 60s and 70s. Of course not, they are all just collecting royalties and replaying all their old classics. One argument is that when an artist stops struggling, they lost their creativity. It is the struggle that gives their art its soul. That being said, 1977 was the Dead's high point and, although they had great moments after that, the consistency was never the same.
To listen to Cornell 77 is to listen to a superb quality recording of a legendary rock band at its peak playing each song to near perfection in front of a venue full of adoring fans. Therefore, for those variety of reasons and in my humble opinion, Cornell 77 is the quintessential Dead show.
That being said, nowadays I find myself listening to more to the older pre 1973 dead as well as acoustic sets. "New Speedway Boogie"!, "Dire Wolf"!, Friend of the Devil"!
Please note, these thought are my own personal opinion and I welcome comments and rebuffs. Maybe, years from now, as I grow older and wiser, these opinions will change.
Loving the Deal, Brown Eyed Women, Dancin', Scarlet>Fire and Saint Stephen>NFA>Saint Stephen.
You can download this full stream at http://deadication.tengun.net in the downloads section.
Subject: it doesn't matter anyway
after we all take a step back, they launch the second set. off all the scarlet>fires so far on tour, of which there have been many, this one has the most interesting guitar work i've heard in between and is in the top three so far. the drummers, too, are doing as-yet-unheard work supporting jerry. vocal flubs in fire are nothing new, but they drop one entire verse and its jam section, so it's a shorter version compared to other nights.
the highlights of the show witout a doubt are the NFA, which is far and away one of the raunchiest, down-in-the-dirt playings of this song ever by garcia and friends, and the morning dew, which also makes a return after a (relatively speaking) long layoff since night 2 of the capitol theater. this one is simply phenomenal and can stand with any dew ever played, period. we are just spent, physically, emotionally, cosmically when they finish.
a really raucous saturday night, sounding and feeling like the one in the dead movie sends me
out into a snowstorm (!?!?) to start truckin' up to buffalo for tomorrow night's show.
this show was probably the second tape i ever got. it was a crappy version and it was a long time before i got a board-quality replacement. this matrix, however, is the best recording of this show ever, save the few seconds in LL where something fails. i heard things i'd never heard before, even after countless listenings over the decades. they are truly a band beyond description.
Subject: Do you want to download the streammmm
Internet Explorer. Then Integrate D.A.P to the Internet Explorer browser in the options of DAP
Just click on the stream songs and you will be able to download the files! "Happy Downloading".
Hope you find this helpfull, I know I have!!`_"
Subject: best ever not sure?
Subject: ok, ok
Subject: Greatest DEAD show ever
Subject: Jerry blistering at his peak
As far as the show goes, this high energy masterpiece goes places most shows don't achieve (which is saying a lot). The guitar solos in Jack Straw and Brown Eyed Women are not to be believed. I'm not into the Dancing in the Streets the way others are, but the Stephen/Fade/Stephen is stellar. Numerous other standouts and next to no filler.
Jerry playing more fervently than at any time in his life, Bob nailing funky rhythm parts, Phil on a thumping, walking bass, Keith smoking on keys, Bill/Mikey in driving time, even Donna hitting the right notes in an unobtrusive way. And this matrix recording bring all of it together better than any of the other mixes of the show on the archive.
May 7-9, 1977 was the absolute pinnacle of the Dead's career for live performance.
Subject: Do yourself a favor- listen to this in 5.1
Congratulations Dan on an amazing job
Subject: Barton Hall
Subject: POSTER FROM SHOW!
Subject: Thanks for the tip
Subject: downloading streams
Subject: What more could one ask for.
Simply put, this show proves front to back that there exists a collectice consciousness that moves in perfect beauty.
Can DL at nuggs.net
Subject: THANX FOR THE GOOD TIMES
Subject: One of my favorite shows
But, I return to it, starting about 1990 until the bitter end of no-more-shows in 95. This is, and will always be, one of the shows that defined what it was about for me. In fact, all of 1977 is like some enormous gift from the universe.
Subject: Great mix to a great show
From a pure audio file perspective, this is a fantastic mix. It brings new life to what was already a great show and a great recording. (Like the band and the performance, yes it has it's strange points but that's part of what makes it so good.) To hear the dead heads reacting with clarity along with the band gives listeners a rare glimpse into what made the dead so great... the energy that was created between the band and their fans. Right on!
Subject: Happy 30th
Subject: Perfect, but not flawless
Subject: 30 years ago today
Does anyone else remember how Dancin' just wouldn't end? It would wind down...again and again...I nearly exploded dancing mid-way Stage Phil. One of the best things about this show is that people who didn't go remind me of how much fun it was! The entire show... was pure heaven!Alot has happened in this 30 year period and having this memory keeps me laughing and smiling out loud. Here's to all the friends that shared that night with me and to all those who were there, Thanks for the energy because we fed those boys some serious goodness.
To teh memory of Riff, I pull you out of my pocket and love that you were there.
Subject: Ithaca Mayor Declares May 8 Grateful Dead Day
Ithaca - In honor of the 30th anniversary of one of the Grateful Dead's most
legendary performances that took place on May 8, 1977 at Cornell
University's Barton Hall, Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson will declare May 8,
Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca.
The headlining event of this anniversary celebration is Dark Star
Orchestra's recreation of the Legendary May 8, 1977 Grateful Dead concert.
Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra are on sale now. They are $24.50 in advance
or $26.50 at the door. Go online at www.stateofithaca.com, by phone at
273-4497, or in person at The Ticket Center at Clinton House located at 116
North Cayuga St. in downtown Ithaca or at the Theatre on the day of the show
to purchase a ticket.
The Mayors Proclamation is as follows:
Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Ithaca
Whereas, the Grateful Dead have been recognized by many highly credible
organizations, individuals and entities including the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame as significantly important and integral to the musical and social
fabric of our contemporary culture, and whereas, on May 8th, 1977 the
Grateful Dead performed in Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University
in the city of Ithaca New York, a concert that is widely acknowledged and
regarded as a defining and transcendent occasion and example of the art of
contemporary musical improvisation, collaboration, musicianship, and
performance, and whereas, many tens of thousands of individuals who were not
in attendance that night in Barton Hall, have become knowledgeable &
familiar with the extraordinary nature of the performance on May 8th 1977
through the trading and sharing of recordings of the show, and whereas, the
cultural identity and perceptions of Ithaca as a community, have been
informed and bolstered by the widespread acknowledgement of the magic of May
8th, 1977, and whereas, it has been said many times by many people that,
"there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert."
Now therefore, be it resolved that as Mayor of the City of Ithaca, and in
heartfelt recognition of the thirtieth anniversary of the May 8th 1977
concert performance, I declare May 8th 2007 as Grateful Dead Day in the City
Subject: Happy Anniversary
this is my first time hearing this matrix and it sounds amazing. not quite reality...but reality is overrated.
the balance seems good to me. music's not bad either. hehe.
Subject: 3 Sources
Subject: Put it down
Subject: Never understood the appeal
Cornell 5-8-77 show was always over-rated and I'm resigned to the fact that it always will be over-rated. With a handful of exceptions (Sugaree?) the arrangements of the Dead's songs are uninspired and the performances swing back and from from the leaden to the trite.
The beauty of a song like Brown-eyed Women was that it was short and sweet. Here it ends up being another excuse for Jerry to plinkity plink a shiny but vapid series of twangy, subpar twaddle. Hold this version up to a random version picked from the European tour in 1972 and watch it cry like a cub scout's campfire exposed to the blazing sun.
Subject: May 8 Grateful Dead Day
Subject: by far the best
Subject: 5-8-77 revisted
Over the past many months I've held off on this show but today let it play. After listening to a ton of 77-78 and everything else I can say with complete certainty this is the most flawless Grateful Dead concert ever played.
There are many many many great shows and even some not so great that have those shining moments but if you want to hand someone something that from beginning to end is exactly how it should be every time around this one is it. End of story.
Subject: Me, too, WILLIAMO.
Subject: wowie zowie
Subject: I was at this show
It was open seating. When they opened the doors, they only opened one half of one of the them. It was crazy getting in. In fact, the door was pulled off its hinges!
My friends went up front as I did in the beginning but as you hear on the tape, the Dead tried to get people to move back. They did not. I was getting hurt being up front so before the show started, I went to the back so I could have room to dance.
It was amazing show being Mother's day. The other strange thing is the blizzard that occurred. I remember during one of the intermissons someone saying to me that is snowing outside. I know it is hard to think that it could snow on May 8th but it did. In fact, there was about 7-8 inches when it ended. This just made the whole day magical.
Subject: good times
all of '77 is sick!
Subject: Not noise reduced
Subject: Fire on the Mtn
Subject: Fire On the Mountain
Subject: The Greatest Band of the 20th Century
Subject: It's still fake
That being said, the REAL shows that were on May 7th and May 9th both blow this away, as do about a dozen other shows from 77.
Subject: Great Show
Subject: outstanding mix
Clear.. crisp and you can never have enough phil.. its the foundation of the sound and he is rock steady for 30 years.
all great shows should be mixed down in this fashion.. great job
Subject: Happy Cornell Day Everybody!
Subject: Days Gone By
I'm not a technical giant , especially in the realm of sound engineering , however, this is an effort to be held in the utmost reverence .
Great job, great show, and great memories.....................along with some regret that i will never have the privilage of seeing them as they were then.
God bless tech today, and god bless the Grateful Dead. The sound's smoking -- but it's a four for being a DJ-digitized funk-leg.
Subject: great work
i'd listen to this stream any day though ;)
Subject: Shaken Not Stirred
Sometimes I don't even mind a patch if it's quick and the audiance source has integrity, it's like flicking a switch and being at center court, only for a moment, then getting back in the sound truck in the parking lot.
A little crowd noise is alright with me, especially if you find 77 recording's sterile at times, but how much is too much?, and there is clearly some echo within the vocals, therfore I will not claim this copy is superior to the SBD in terms of pure Music. Enjoyable non the less, why not get both : )
It's this type of work that I would love to see done to the New Haven Show 3 days earlyer on the Fifth, if there was an Audiance Source, shouldn't there be, check your houseboats everybody!
Subject: Excellent stuff!
Overall, however, the recording is not 100% perfect in that it has a couple of very short, marginally noticable spots of inconsistency. The bass is a little over-rich for me and I couldn't hear the keyboards very well.
It is all minor though, and easy to ignore any of this for the greater reward of hearing this excellent show.
Balls out Jerry solo work in a robust Jack Straw gives way to ever better soloing in The Deal. Great Fire version. Interesting 16 minute version of Not Fade Away. Energetic Saturday Night encore.
Subject: awesome matrix
Subject: A great effort but...
really work for me. The recording (particularly
noticeable on the vocals and the hi-hats) sounds
very out of phase. I jumped over to the other
'matrix' recording and immediately the vocals
were present and right up front. The bass is deep, the mid-range rich and the hi-hats do not have
any phasing effect. I'm sure it's all a work in progress so thanks for all the efforts.
Subject: An interesting and fine listen
Subject: BEST SHOW EVER ???????
Subject: This is Awesome
Subject: Prefer the SBD
Subject: best source
Subject: NICE ADDITION
Subject: This version sounds best to me